Laurie Ackerman

It doesn't matter how old you are; It's just how young you feel

For a Crossroads literary editor, inspiration is a pile of records on Linda's floor!...September 18, 1968 turned the wheel of life...this AFS note-taker is often behind-the-scenes of a class play...outside of LHS all energy is directed towards JFTY...Laurie's sailing on to a horizon of psychology.

Yearbook page: 11

Laurie Ackerman




On August 16, 2011 6:15 AM, Paul Ackerman wrote:

Class of 71 is having its 40th reunion next month and after a LONG absence, I have been checking out lots of LHS stuff on the web and came across these comments.
Thank you for your kind words.
There is another copy of the print that Carrie mentioned in my parent's kitchen.
Pam and Linda- I'll be sure to share your words and deeds with my family. Love to you all.

On October 29, 2009 3:43 AM, Pamela Nadell wrote:

Linda et al.,
I just saw your posting about Laurie written on the day of the 40th reunion (which I skipped). I wish Laurie's parents, if they are still alive, or her brothers would know how we all continue, so many years later, to remember Laurie and to celebrate the gifts she gave us in her all-too-short life.
warm regards to all,

On September 14, 2009 6:49 PM, Glenn Roth wrote:

Although I didn't know her personally, her indomatable spirit filled the halls. She was so smart and personable, I feel like I knew her. Such a tragic waste!

On September 12, 2009 5:54 PM, Linda Hoffman Kay wrote:

I am writing this memorial to Laurie on the day of our 40th reunion. Laurie and I met in 6th grade at Harrison School when I moved to Livingston, and she became my best friend. It was through Laurie that I met David in 7th grade! Laurie and I remained close friends throughout our school years in Livingston and into college. Laurie transferred to Livingston College for sophomore year. In February 1971, Laurie was on a trip to NYC with her art class. On their return home, on a rainy night, their van was involved in an accident on the turnpike. The news of Laurie's death, which I learned the next morning, shook me to the bone. I vowed to carry her memory with me for the rest of my life. On June 10, 1989 I gave birth to my first daughter, after 3 sons, and named her Lauren. Lauren carries on Laurie's indomitable spirit and love for life. May Laurie's memory continue to be a blessing for all of us.

On June 13, 2009 1:34 AM, Carrie Rockwood wrote:

Now I remember the e.e.cummings quote Laurie used on the poster: "I would rather learn from one bird how to sing, than teach 10,000 stars how not to dance." Very appropriate for me.

On June 13, 2009 1:30 AM, Carrie Rockwood wrote:

I will always remember receiving the call of Laurie's accident and death = I was away from Smith College for the weekend. She was such a good friend and the news was devastating. I have a silkscreen poster she made with a quote from e.e. cummings - can't remember the exact quote - but I have had it since our freshman year in college and cherish it.

On May 23, 2009 6:18 PM, Jan (Janet) Lewis wrote:

Looking at Laurie's photo again after so many years, I remember how close we were and the terrible tragedy of her death. She wrote on EVERY page of my yearbook, in orange ink, so that I would never forget her. I corresponded with Laurie frequently in those days and still have her letters and poems. I agree with Pam and Jan, Laurie was a remarkable spirit who left us far too soon.

On December 9, 2008 10:59 PM, Jan Lisa Huttner wrote:

Thanks for feedback, Pam. I'm sure your details are more informed than mine are since you're "a DC person." The first time I looked at this photo, tho, I choked up & wanted to know what others remembered. All I can really remember myself with utmost clarity is how destraught I was when I heard the news! Best always, Jan

On November 27, 2008 3:27 AM, Pamela Nadell wrote:

For the record, we should correct a few of the facts in Jan's account. Laurie completed her freshman year at George Washington University, not at American University. She then transferred to Livingston College of Rutgers University for her sophomore year. She was, as Jan recalls, killed as a passenger in a car accident shortly after starting at Livingston College. I think it was the late fall of 1970 (either late October or November). Her death was indeed a tragedy for us all, one which we realize ever more deeply as we age.

On November 25, 2008 3:10 PM, Jan Lisa Huttner wrote:

Laurie died in a freak auto accident the year after graduation. Do I remember correctly: she was a Freshman @ American University, it was January of 1970, & she was in a car driving from NJ back to DC. The car she was in had to pull over to the side of the road, & another car inadvertently swiped it. Other than losing my grandparents, this was the first time someone I loved died, & I took it very hard. Laurie was an incredibly special person.

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